This 2021, the second vintage of Clandestine Vineyards Chardonnay follows a more linear style rather than the full, buttery and oaky styles. In other words, the vineyard, the region and the fruit is the star, not the heavy-handed winery technique.

The single-vineyard location known as Knotting Hill in Wilyabrup, Margaret River is owned and cared for by vigneron Michael Gould and planted exclusively to the Gingin clone, known for its higher natural acidity and aromatics. Combined with the proximity to the Indian Ocean, the vineyards and resulting Chardonnay fruit also displays maritime flavours and salinity – similar to Chablis.

Eight-hour maceration time on skins, prior to tank pressing for a light settling, then a portion of the cloudy juice was run to the barrel and the balance to multiple small tank fermentations. Our 25 % new French Mercurey oak barriques (75% 2nd and 3rd use) and ten months maturation in the same oak gives depth and maturity to this wine. No lees stirring or malolactic fermentation, a gentle fining and minimal sulphur on bottling to ensure freshness. Vegan.

The result is visually stunning in the glass – bright with a light green hue, the bouquet is an enticing mix of flintstone, cashew and citrus, this follows onto the palate with grapefruit intensity and depth of flavour, held in check by tightly wound acidity. The oak plays its part in a supporting role, which allows for a long clean and delicious finish.

This style of Chardonnay pairs well with a variety of flavours; from the ocean to the land – but roast chicken with herbed potatoes and fresh garden salad is our ‘go-to’.


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89 Points


Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Light yellow hue. Passionfruit and grapefruit aromas, bright chardonnay fruit, with a very Margaret River overtone. Possibly it’s due to the Gingin clone Yeastiness evident on the palate, the finish dry, firm and nicely clean. Acidity is jazzy, even a little tangy. A frisky, lively wine with Chablis-like acidity and line.

Dan Traucki

Clandestine Vineyards 2020 Margaret River Wine #chardonnay- Barrel fermented with a creamy/ buttery bouquet with some stone fruit & a splash of citrus. Lovely creamy, rich mouth filling but tight palate with a divine lingering finish. TRULY SUPERB!!

91 Points


91 Points Ray Jordan Wine Pilot

This is a leaner style from the famous Gin Gin clone that is synonymous with West Australian chardonnay. The very fast and snappy early vintage means that this has already had nearly11 months in oak. All barrel fermented but there has been no lees stirring or malolactic fermentation, so the crisp fine acidity has been maintained. It’s clean and pure with a peachy melon mouthfeel. It has a generosity in the mouth with the oak lightly applied making for a fruit driven style that’s ideal for drinking over the next three years.

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